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Re: Lab Numbers
Dec 4, 2002
Can someone please tell me what's supposed to be so extraordinarily special about niaspan? Although a pharmaceutical drug company (Kos?) is marketing it and making profits off it, from what I have heard, it is still plain, ordinary niacin which has been prepackaged in s slow time-release form. If niacin is going to help, the over the counter product sold in vitamin stores should do just as well. In fact, a far better alternative would be to use the flush-free form, inositol hexanicotinate. It carries less overall risk, and has virtually no side effects, such as skin flushing, headaches, and gastrointestinal upsets.
Re: Lab Numbers
Dec 4, 2002
You have seen niacin selling at $30.00 for 50 pills at 500mg? That IS rather pricey! Where I normally purchase my niacin, I can get 1000 250mg tablets of ordinary niacin for $18.90. That would mean a five and a half month supply at 1500mg/day. Or, if I wanted to buy the time-release version, I can get 720 250mg pills for $25.60, which would be the equivalent of a four month supply. My no-flush niacin (containing 500mg niacin/68mg inositol) sells for $11.97 for 100 capsules.

I feel that whether you purchase Niaspan or another over the counter product, there are no doubt going to be some other fillers or binders present in the product. There has to be, otherwise the tablet wouldn't stay together. Since Niaspan is a time-release form of niacin, it most likely contains other ingedients as well, since it must be formulated to allow for a very slow, sustained release over several hours.

You said that the Niaspan you are using costs $35.00 for a three month supply. Is that what you pay out of pocket, or is that the total cost, and insurance ends up picking up most of the tab? Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to discourage you from using it, as I understand that it is a quality product. Since you are obtaining it by prescription, and insurance is picking up most of that cost, then yes, cost-wise it probably would be to your advantage. By the way, since it is a slow time-release formulation, do you ever experience any skin flushing from it?

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